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Darby Hudson

UM - self help book for creatives (paperback)

UM - self help book for creatives (paperback)

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UM: Things I've Learned About Creativity And Poetry


UM is a sideways self-help book for creatives.

Filled with illustrated quotes, ideas and exercises to fire your creativity (or reignite your passion)!

From the introduction

"I titled this book “UM” because I don't really know. And also, because the word itself gives birth to thoughts and ideas - and this whole book. I usually have to say 100 Ums to get one Ah!

I’ve always found it fascinating when an artist talks about the type of pen they use, or the kind of blank paper they stare at, the times they create and don’t. And even though it’s part of their creative process, it also gives nothing away." Here too, I give everything away. And nothing at all."

Why Did I write This?

UM gathers hard-won insight from my own learning and practice across 25 years of creating professionally, featuring in Best Australian Poems, lecturing at Deakin University in creativity, and writing myself out of life's dark corners. UM is also a distillation of the "best bits" from my podcast on creativity, Blah Di Da

Comes with eBook illustrated poetry collection:
CONFETTI TORNADO (illustrated poetry, 2022) - instant download (PDF).


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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
I bought the UM book

And I bloody loved it. Thanks for sharing your insights and wisdom, Darby.

Nothing like a slice of truth pie as the pudding to follow a giant feast of lies in other books on this topic.

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Thank God (or whom ever) that Darby is here to channel deliciousness for us from the other world, wherever that is. Not sure about you, but life was pretty boring until I tripped into a dance on the words of Darby Hudson.

Fi Wilkie
A great find.

So I don’t even know how found this great writer on my social media stream but I’ve smiled and stopped and become very thoughtful many times - so bought this book and consumed it on a comfy sofa with some self indulgent time to my self.
If you like to think about how your life happens and what your experience of being creative is - you’ll enjoy this- this goes on the shelf next to my Austin Kleon books and is a regular place to dip and dive into when I feel I need a bit of a change of perspective. Many times a crafted page makes me think - he has put that exactly right. Thankyou Darby for sharing your thoughts and quirky wisdom.

Sasha Bummer
Love this book

I somehow stumbled across Darby on Instagram, followed him for a while and fell in love with his work. His book is so worth the purchase and it’s such a nice little addition to my coffee table- and a nice read if you’re feeling particularly “melancholic” and need a little pick me up that isn’t a “toxic positivity” self help book.

100% recommend the purchase!